Students

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Elaine Khodzhayan has amassed a sweet army of fans with her And a Chocolate Drizzle Instagram page. The graduating senior says her passion for baking and her love of technology are part of what will lead to her next phase in life.
Matelan in a blue shirt and glasses
From backyard-built thrill rides to presidential security detail in Dublin, David Matelan's path to Pitt focused on leadership and ingenuity. After serving five years in the Marines, he's set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering this month.
Andin Fosam headshot wearing gray zip-front sweatshirt
Graduating senior Andin Fosam made her mark at Pitt in athletics and academics. She plans to use her expertise in both to explore the relationships among physical activity, metabolism and conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
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Uncovering stories from the medieval era to the recent past, undergraduate researchers followed their passions to dig deep into the University Library System archives. Their research adds new perspectives and scholarship to little-known historical events, practices and objects.
At the 10th annual Randall Family Big Idea competition, 13 student teams were awarded a total of $100,000 for their inventions and innovations. A new Big Idea Center was also announced, set to open in the 2018-19 academic year.
man in red shirt with work gloves with tools outdoors in Panama
The Pitt Humanities, Engineering and Design Club is planning a June return to its work with the Emberá, an indigenous community in Panama’s Chagres National Park. On an October trip, the club installed solar panels and built a pedestrian bridge.
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Pitt senior and economics and neuroscience major Joseph Kannarkat is headed to the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom on a new version of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which expands the program into science policy.
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Emily Klonicki spent the summer in a NASA lab helping to develop filters to keep microbes from contaminating Mars.
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Strokes, Parkinson’s disease and other issues can cause the ability to swallow to be lost. Graduate students studying speech-language pathology are learning to treat this debilitating condition at the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center.
Kirsten L. Paine
The inaugural class of Pitt’s Public Humanities Fellowship Program spent much of summer 2017 assisting Pittsburgh-based organizations with research support — including delving into Civil War-era records.